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“Of course we won’t see crowds flooding into their venues, but from July 11 our theatres, operas, dance and music shows can start putting on outdoor performances to socially distant audiences,” explains Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden. “That means theatregoers can experience a live play for the first time in months at places like the stunning Minack Theatre in Cornwall, and music lovers can attend Glyndebourne this summer.”
He also added that the opening of these venues and events is “an important milestone for our performing artists, who have been waiting patiently in the wings since March”.
It has been announced that a number of smaller indoor test events are also going to start taking place, with the aim to provide guidance and figure out the plans for the wider reopening of venues.
The government has provided a new "five-stage roadmap" to bring back the performing arts safely in the future, with the following details regarding this phased return:
Stage One – Rehearsal and training (no audiences)
Stage Two – Performances for broadcast and recording purposes
Stage Three – Performances outdoors with an audience and pilots for indoor performances with a limited socially-distanced audience
Stage Four – Performances allowed indoors and outdoors (but with a limited socially-distanced audience indoors)
Stage Five – Performances allowed indoors / outdoors (with a fuller audience indoors)
Read the full guidance for the performing arts – which is for "people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants" – right here.
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